Our scripture this week is Matthew 21:1-11.
The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
The shouts of the people tell us some very specific things about their hopes and beliefs in Jesus. Some cry “Hosanna to the Son of David”, a royal connection to the great king of history, indicating their desire for release from Roman oppression. Many wanted Jesus to be a warrior king who would lead them to political freedom.
Others call “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” and “Hosanna in the highest heaven”, showing their belief in Jesus as the Son of God, sent to save us from a far greater evil than a conquering earthly army. Our faith is the most important thing in this. Jesus often asked “Do you believe in me and in Him who sent me”, wanting people to understand that His kingdom was not of this world.
The cry “Hosanna” means “save us” and that is what we must still want most from Jesus. Salvation, freedom from our sins, and an eternal relationship with Him are the promises He offers us when we turn from earthly things and put our whole faith in Him.
Gracious God, our trust is in You to save us from the real oppressor of the world, who would lead us away into sin. We want to follow You in love, sharing our blessing with everyone that sin may defeated forever. Amen.